This is a highlight reel containing some of the best moments of the various entries to the 'Going Nowhere Fast Speedrun contest for Halo (Xbox) held in the summer of 2004. It contains foootage from both winning runs (also available here at archive.org) and runs that didn't win. Compilation was done by Cody Miller.
May 22, 2005 Subject:
Cut in sync rapidly to music. Plays well but only offers brief glimpses into each game moment. Too brief to be interesting (to me).
May 18, 2005 Subject:
Great fun for fans.
This movie is a whole lot of fun, if you know what you're getting into. It partakes of a number of genres. First, obviously, it is recorded video game footage. More specifically, it is a montage of a number of different players completing "speedruns" of the video game Halo set to music. (A speedrun is an attempt to finish a level of a game as quickly as possible.) All of the footage has been selected from entries to halo.bungie.org's "Going Nowhere Fast" speedrun contest.
To those who don't play video games, and even to those who do but haven't played Halo (if such a person exists), some of the scenes may seem odd. Why, for instance, are there multiple scenes of people falling down from great heights or almost blowing themselves up with grenades? However, if you have played the game, you will recognize these as clever shortcurts and skillfully executed tricks. Even to the uninitiated, some of the moments will be impressive not only for the gameplay skill but also for the beautiful graphics of Bungie's masterpiece Halo.
The editing work and music selection are perfect. The film includes high quality, but unobtrusive, Halo-esque credits and visuals and the action is VERY well synchronized to the music.
Overall, even though it's a film that blends two different video game film genres (the speedrun and the gameplay montage), this Highlight Reel manages to be a great example of both.